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Mayor Gray's very bad start

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Undoubtedly, Lorraine Green, Mayor Vincent C. Gray's campaign chairwoman; Howard Brooks, a Gray campaign consultant; and former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown have a lot on their minds these days.

Time for Ted Leonsis to end a suite deal for D.C. politicians

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 19:00:00 EST

Ted Leonsis, the owner of Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards, could do D.C. taxpayers a huge favor by taking back the two luxury suites that the late Abe Pollin gave the mayor and the D.C. Council.

Watching D.C. pols and their perks: Now that will make you go Gaga

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

D.C.'s leaders have hit a new low for entitled squabbling.

In the District, struggling to deal with teen pregnancy

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

She was 11 years old and pregnant. A preteen herself, the girl delivered the baby while under the supervision of child protective services, a clear sign of serious issues in her young life. The medical, psychological, social and emotional support she received, however, came by way of the Teen...

Undermining a school and Anacostia's youth

Sat, 12 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Burglarizing the Bishop John Walker School violated something good east of the river.

Celebrating black history as the black family disintegrates

Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

Here we are, another Black History Month: time to lionize great black men and women of the past. Twenty-eight days to praise the first African American to do this and the first African American who did that. Another month of looking back with pride - as we ignore the calamity in our midst.

The GOP drops a bomb on D.C., and Vince Gray is silent

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

It's nothing short of amazing that during Mayor Vince Gray's meet-and-greet session with House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, the subject of one of the most anti-District proposals to surface in Congress in decades never came up.

Are we really willing to fix what ails D.C.?

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:00:00 EST

A tale about the poor, and what's in store for D.C. taxpayers.

The view from a target of hate

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:00:00 EST

"You are a [expletive] idiot. Eat [expletive] and die. Happy New Year you brain dead maggot." - Jan. 1, 2011, 9:34 AM."

Teen pregnancy perpetuates D.C. poverty

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Let's take a closer look at an issue that folks don't like to talk about because it means acknowledging an unpleasant truth: Teen pregnancy in the District is helping to do us in.

D.C.'s broken families should be Mayor Gray's priority

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

If experience, maturity and leadership abilities are key ingredients in the makeup of a good mayor, then the most qualified person to lead the District will take the oath of office tomorrow. Vince Gray - a 68-year-old native Washingtonian, product of public schools, George Washington University...

Santa's presents for Washington politicians

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 20:00:00 EST

'Naughty' or 'nice' determined which politicians received presents versus coal.

Dunbar High School's sad descent into hard times

Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Once noted for academic rigor, it's now a place where students feel unsafe.

Memo to the left: Hands off Obama

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:05:00 EST

Democrats will pay a steep price if they oppose Obama in 2012.

Sarah Palin's meanest critics: The conservative elite

Fri, 03 Dec 2010 19:32:00 EST

Establishment conservatives' opposition to Sarah Palin smacks of elitism.

Bush, Obama, and the 'socialist' label

Sat, 27 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

The "Let's sink Obama" crowd dimisses economic reform they should applaud.

In Prince George's, corruption's long shadows

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Why has it taken so long to see the ethical cloud blanketing Prince George's County?

Why does the District pay to bus homeless men downtown?

Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Why does the District pay to bus homeless men downtown?

What Vince Gray can learn from Obama's 'shellacking'

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When D.C. Mayor-elect Vince Gray joins President Obama for lunch at the White House on Dec. 1, it will be a meeting between two politicians who had sharply divergent election night experiences. Obama, in his own words, took a "shellacking" Tuesday evening as he watched his party lose control of t...

Hard choices on D.C. budget

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Presumptive mayor Vince Gray hasn't even taken office and he already appears to be cruising for a bruising. What else to think after hearing about his strategy for making up the city's $175 million budget shortfall. At his final town hall meeting this week, Gray said he and the D.C. Council would...

A GOP-led Congress bodes ill for D.C. autonomy

Sat, 23 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's likely that a GOP-led Congress would meddle in D.C. affairs.

Rhee's and Gray's critics fail in D.C. history

Sat, 16 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Rhee's supporters hail her as a profile in courage but her predecessor paved the way for success.

D.C. voters left in dark on handling of city deficit

Sat, 09 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

As fortuitous scheduling would have it, the District's elected leaders will probably escape having to account for their actions on the city's growing budget deficit. At least they won't have to explain their votes before the polls open on Nov. 2, Election Day.

In D.C.'s Cedar Heights complex, tackling the trauma of violence

Sat, 02 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

At least one organization has figured out how to help young victims of violence in Washington.

Racial politics and the D.C. primary elections

Sat, 25 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It's not all about the "racial divide," folks. In last week's D.C. Democratic primary, voters in Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 went for mayoral candidate Vincent Gray in a big way. That victory prompted some to suggest that racial politics was at play : that black people were rejecting Mayor Adrian Fenty...

Burning bridges in D.C. and tires in Kabul

Sat, 18 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Today it's D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the bonfire of the Korans. Admittedly, unrelated topics. Think of this as a two-fer.

Time for Rhee to go

Sat, 11 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Nine years ago today, three D.C. public school teachers, chaperoning three 11-year-old sixth- grade students, joined two National Geographic Society staff members at Dulles International Airport to board American Airlines Flight 77 bound for Los Angeles International Airport.

Where D.C. Mayor Fenty went wrong

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It started with Linda Singer . Her appointment as D.C. attorney general in January 2007 was the first decision by incoming Mayor Adrian Fenty to raise eyebrows in grocery stores, beauty parlors, barbershops and churches where black Washingtonians congregate.

Even in city custody, no refuge from the streets

Sat, 28 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

"I don't want to see my son end up like that," said Rhonda Hart when we spoke by phone in May. Hart was referring to three teens under the care of the city's Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services who had just been charged with the slaying of D.C. school principal Brian Betts.

D.C. mayor contest must get substantive on schools, corruption

Sat, 21 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

D.C. mayoral candidates ought to address their credentials more on two big issues.

D.C. voters deserve answers on contract probe before election

Sat, 14 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Voters are being bombarded with accusations that, if true, ought to have consequences at the polls.

D.C. mayoral campaign has echoes of 1994

Sat, 07 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Emotions are riding high over much the same issue that animated many black voters 16 years ago.

D.C.'s fiscal health should be prime issue in elections

Sat, 31 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Michelle Rhee is not the issue in the 2010 District elections. I made this point three weeks ago, and several parents wrote to voice their strong disagreement. The D.C. schools chancellor, they said, is the difference between the status quo, which governed the old school system, and the forward-l...

D.C.'s long-overdue juvenile justice shakeup

Sat, 24 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Mayor Fenty was correct to order a review of D.C.'s rehabilitation operations, and here's why.

Can U.S. prepare for China's new fortune?

Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Can America prepare for China's new fortune?

Fenty's future rides on more than Rhee

Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

A vote for D.C.'s mayor should not be considered a vote for D.C.'s schools chancellor.

Civil rights loses a champion in Bill Taylor

Sat, 03 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Exactly 49 years ago today, July 3, 1961, Gwendolyn Stewart of Orange, N.J., to the consternation of many folks of sound mind, married me and, two hours later, boarded a train at Union Station that took us to Indianapolis, where I reported for duty as a newly minted 2nd lieutenant with the Adjutant...

Mother of slain Southeast teen goes up against mayor in search for answers

Sat, 26 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Mother of slain Southeast teen goes up against mayor for answers.

On Father's Day, hypocrites are all in the family

Sat, 19 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Family, marriage and the contribution of fathers come together as topics for reflection on Father's Day. So I'd like to know why Barack Obama, a husband and a father in a family structure that encompasses bonds deemed essential to our society, is constantly and savagely attacked by conservative...

Can D.C. end its juvenile justice farce?

Sat, 12 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

I wish I could say that the slaughter of black youth by other black youth is ending. It's not.

What every D.C. voter needs to know: questions for the candidates

Sat, 05 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

What every D.C. voter needs to know from the candidates vying to represent them.

A dangerous spiral for Fenty and the District

Sat, 29 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

"If the elections were held today, Adrian Fenty would lose." That from one of the District's most astute political observers who spoke to me this week on background because of his relationship with both mayoral candidates, Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray. His observation wasn't...

Anti-incumbency mood may stop at the District line

Sat, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Will the anti-incumbent mood make itself felt in the District's elections?

Ward 1 council fight in the District heats up, but no sparks

Sat, 15 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Any viable challengers for Ward 1's Jim Graham?

In city custody, teens still out causing harm

Sat, 08 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

We have a juvenile justice system that looks good only on paper.

Clark Ray, candidate for D.C. Council at-large

Sat, 01 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Will a basketball player, turned political guru, topple an esteemed lawmaker?

D.C. needs a constitutional amendment to get a House vote

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

D.C. needs a constitutional amendment to get a House vote.

14-year-old accused in Southeast killings grew up in a world without innocence

Sat, 17 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The teenager accused in Southeast killings grew up in a world without innocence.

Tea Party followers would be right at home with George Wallace

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Tea Party followers would be right at home with George Wallace.

Southeast shooting shows D.C. youths are still free to kill and die

Sat, 03 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Southeast shooting shows D.C. youths are still free to kill and die.

In the faces of Tea Party shouters, images of hate and history

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Tea partiers can be traced back to the likes of George Wallace and the KKK.

Mayoral, council elections could shake up the District

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The mayoral and council elections could shake up the district this year.

District earmark money could have been spent helping juvenile offenders

Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

D.C.'s earmark money could have been spent helping juvenile offenders.

D.C. council members playing politics with earmarks

Sat, 06 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

Marion Barry abused a system that was improperly managed and poorly monitored.

What President Obama should have realized about Rahm Emanuel

Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

President Obama should have realized that Washington insiders come at a price.

President Obama, Marion Barry: Two takes on 'empowerment'

Sat, 20 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Barack Obama and Marion Barry have strikingly different definitions of the word.

Marion Barry, the outrage continues; Tommy Wells on race and the bag tax

Sat, 13 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Forty years of observing Marion Barry, and he can still make my jaw drop.

Mayor Fenty and the District's ongoing racial segregation

Sat, 06 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

I'm not the least bit surprised by the new Post poll that finds D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's support has sharply eroded among D.C. residents , especially African Americans. The poll confirms observations made in this column for nearly a year [" What the mayor won't tell you about D.C. ," March 21,...

Obama must protect himself against political attacks from both sides

Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

On Jan. 19, a Maryland weapons owner accused of plotting to kill then-presidential candidate Barack Obama -- reportedly because he didn't like Obama's gun-control positions -- was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison. On that same date, the liberal Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun...

District teen murdered, but who cares?

Sat, 23 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Does anyone in D.C. care about a murdered teenager?

Peter Orszag strays from President Obama's prescription for responsible fatherhood

Sat, 16 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Obama's budget chief strays from the president's prescriptions for fatherhood.

Gilbert Arenas, Tiger Woods, and the limits of athlete-role models

Sat, 09 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Athleticism is not synonymous with integrity, fidelity or good sense.

With population growth, the face of D.C. is changing

Sat, 02 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

It's not the city it was 10 years ago.

Gay marriage foes deserve to be heard, even on Metrobuses

Sat, 26 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

"What is freedom of expression?" Salman Rushdie once asked. "Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist." Ride a Metrobus in this city, and you'll see an example of what Rushdie is talking about.

District subsidizes H-Street partiers

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Is free shuttle service on H Street really necessary during a budget shortfall?

A terrorist threat in our midst?

Sat, 12 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

What were five young men from Northern Virginia doing in Pakistan?

Obama's Afghanistan strategy hard to swallow

Sat, 05 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

The rest of the world seems willing to hold our coat while we fight in Afghanistan.

Americans deserve answers about Afghanistan from President Obama

Sat, 28 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

The selection of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for President Obama's announcement of his new Afghanistan war strategy is media manipulation worthy of Michael Deaver, the legendary image protector of Ronald Reagan. What better setting than an audience of military cadets to project Obama ...

Abe Pollin, our city's biggest supporter

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

For years to come in Washington, we shall have a deep chasm that Abe Pollin used to fill.

Colbert I. King on failing D.C. youth

Sat, 21 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

When will someone help the violent young men of D.C.?

Major Hasan's worst offense

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

His alleged killing spree was not only violent, but an unforgivable act of betrayal.

The DCPS gangs survey we didn't get a chance to see

Sun, 08 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Three columns last month about gang violence in D.C. public schools might leave the impression that I believe youth gangs are a recent development in the nation's capital [" Trouble Waits After Class Is Dismissed ," Oct 3; " Talk Won't Stop a Predatory Gang ," Oct. 10; and " Prayers Over Priorities...

Colbert I. King on the risk to Mayor Fenty of questionable contracts

Sat, 07 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Will his outsized ego get in the way of his accomplishments?

Colbert I. King on D.C. youth offenders

Sat, 31 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Why is Rhee the punching bag when hundreds of juvenile offenders are roaming free?

Colbert King on violence on streets, in schools

Sat, 24 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Gang activity is thriving in schools, while rape and murder are doing well in the streets.

Killing or Being Killed While in DYRS Custody

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

How the D.C. Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services contributes to violence.

Gangs Preying on D.C. Students

Sat, 10 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Where is the school security that D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier assured me?

For Some D.C. Students, Trouble Waits After Class

Sat, 03 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Students eager to learn, educators ready to teach, a

Time for Straight Answers on Afghanistan from President Obama

Sat, 26 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A room of people who oppose the Afghanistan war; now that's who Obama should talk to.

Peaceoholics Mentor Goes After High School Girls

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

What was a violent ex-con doing in a D.C. public school?

Those Who Hate the President See Him as an Enemy

Sat, 12 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

There's an ugliness and hatred loose in the land -- unleashed by the angry right.

D.C. Policy of Early Release of Juveniles Needs Review

Sat, 05 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

As the deaths pile up, the records of dangerous juvenile offenders remain sealed.

Another Ward of D.C.'s Juvenile Justice Agency Is Charged in a Killing

Sat, 29 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The grave consequence of downsizing the District's juvenile detention facilities.

Tolerance of Shootings Reflects Dispiriting 'New Normal' in D.C.

Sat, 22 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Anywhere else, a gun toll exceeding that of Baghdad would evoke horror.

An Encounter With a D.C. Police Officer Leads to an Arrest

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

A routine traffic stop becomes a lesson about 'being a black man in America.'

What 'Disorderly Conduct' Means in the District

Sat, 08 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It turns out D.C. stands for 'Disorderly Conduct.'

Obama Missed a Moment to Defend Constitution

Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The president missed an opportunity to teach an important lesson to Americans.

Henry Louis Gates: When White People See Black

Sat, 25 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Neighborhood watch is a good thing, right?

An Rx Too Easy to Get for Oak Hill Youths

Sat, 18 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

How some D.C. youths got easy access to the new drug of choice on the streets.

D.C. Council Needs Transparency in Hiring

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

He has gotten by for too long behaving as if he's accountable only to himself.

Douglass Would Say Rejoice, With Caution

Sat, 04 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Today's celebration of Independence Day is a far cry from the one I saw in 1952.

A Little Consideration for Those Who Fall Short

Sat, 27 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

When to back off a public official who's had an extramarital affair.

Let's Reclaim Dad for Father's Day

Sat, 20 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Not all dads are there to celebrate. Is there hope for a return to the Father's Day of old?

Place of Prayer Counters Museum Attack

Sat, 13 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

What to make of von Brunn's shooting, which happened on the eve of a celebration.

George Tiller, Rush Limbaugh and the Consequences of Hateful Words

Sat, 06 Jun 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Words have consequences whether they come from me, Limbaugh, Hannity or O'Reilly.

Clarence Thomas and a Challenge to the Voting Rights Act

Sat, 30 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It would be a crying shame if a black man helped destroy the Voting Rights Act.

Terrorists vs. Our Prison System

Sat, 23 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The feds can't control D.C. inmates. How do they expect to handle al-Qaeda?

His Highness Mayor Adrian Fenty

Sat, 16 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The mayor's riding high on a wave of self-importance, but it could catch up with him.

The Hidden Details in a Teen's Death

Sat, 09 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

The death of a 17-year-old deserves more attention in the media and the community.

A Message From Morehouse

Sat, 02 May 2009 00:00:00 EDT

To all the knuckleheads perpetuating the media's image of black men: Knock it off.